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Art of Living International Center

21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
+91 90360 05022
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Welcome to The Art of Living International Centre! Situated on the top of the Panchagiri Hills, 36km southwest of Bangalore, near Udipalya village, the campus is an ideal location for reflection and rejuvenation. Started in 1986 and spread over 65 acres, the campus has an abundance of flowering foliage spread along winding footpaths, a peaceful lake and the exquisitely beautiful Vishalakshi Mantap, the central meditation hall. Satsangs, held every evening, are gatherings where different minds unite through music, meditation, and wisdom to experience an elevated state of consciousness. Through Seva (voluntary service) one can experience the humble satisfaction of doing selfless work here, from serving food in the kitchen to keeping the premises clean to working in the various departments that focus on various projects and the ashram's upkeep. The Vishalakshi Mantap, named after 'Amma', Sri Sri's mother, is the main Meditation Hall in the form of a fully blossomed 1000 petal lotus. Its reflective dome that mirrors the sun during the day is lit up at night to a synchronized change of colored lights. The dome and golden spire that can be viewed from all parts of the sprawling campus grounds play the role of a compass - lending a sense of navigation to the spiritual seeker. Courses are held in various rooms at different levels of the mantap and satsangs are held on the main level. Each level opens onto a gallery. Following a circular design, the levels provide an excellent view of the campus grounds and the open grounds and hills in the distance. Built on a smaller scale, is the Sumeru Mantap in the more secluded, old ashram campus. When the campus was newly set up, and there was a much smaller gathering of people, satsangs were held here. It is a circular 3 tiered gallery with a garden in the center and the sky for a roof, dominated by a large densely foliaged banyan tree in the center. The Radha Kund gardens recapture the mystical garden of Vrindavan, replete with a pair of elephants, a pair of geese, a deer, some rabbits and a number of exotic birds! This is an excellent place to observe various birds as they sweep over the lake - and a good place to unwind, reflect and take stock of one's life. From the gardens one can hear the Sanskrit chantings of the boys at the Gurukul nearby. The seven year training program at the Gurukul teaches students how to conduct temple rituals. The course syllabus also includes study of the Veda, Agama, Sanskrit, Astrology, Yoga, music, Sculpture, Epics and scriptures. The Goshala, home to over 250 cows, is an important project undertaken to preserve the native breed of Indian cows. The cows enjoy human company and visitors receive great pleasure brushing and petting the cows. For those who wish to simply relax, The Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma (Wellness Spa) offers the ideal retreat for body and mind. Apart from the super ambience and food, one can select from a number of rejuvenating therapy packages the spa offers. On campus is a very popular, vibrant eatery, The Vishala Cafe that serves Indian and Continental fast food. It is here that youngsters like to meet, relax, exchange ideas, play the piano or eat a filling meal while reading from the selection of books displayed at the cafe. An array of shops are also present on campus - two Divine shops (selling music and books), The Divine Services (a provision store), Madhurya (traditional artefacts, gifts), Sri Kriti (a boutique that sells hand made products by rural women and traditional craftmen) and Sri Sri Agriculture with its fresh produce of fruits and vegetables grown on campus. The Bangalore Campus makes for a truly self-contained retreat - your home away from home!
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21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

This place is good for relaxation from busy life. In evening there will be sat sang by renowned spiritual gurus. My suggestions : visit this place by 11:00 am and enjoy the lunch provided by them.

Thank santosh p
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

I visited this place 3-4 times. It is little outskirts of bangalore, specially who does not have vehicle they may face problems in commuting. But local transport is available. Avail in local bus to banashankari, from banashankari any bus goes to ksnakpura, stops at ashram....More

Thank Soma K
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is one of my favourite places to visit in Bengaluru and I try and visit this wonderful ashram whenever I can. This time too I had great time walking around the entire campus. Within the Ashram, the Goshala and the Radha Kunj are my...More

Thank ksriram_05
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I was introduced to Art of Living courses in Nov, 2014 and since then have visited Art of Living Centre in Bengaluru about 4 times. Each time I visit, I come back nourished, wealthy and a clear direction to what I want to do in...More

1  Thank SIGATAPU
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This is a very spiritual place. Beautiful landscapes and you will love spending time doing yoga and meditation here.

Thank karthik r
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place. Reception at main gate is very helpful, don't forget to donate just $10 a day for all meals at the international section of the state of the art Ashram Kitchen. VM is the best meditation hall in the world with high energy and...More

Thank Rishi779
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were invited here by a common friend. a little skeptical at first, but once there we realized that the place was full of persons with a practical attitude to life. no-nonsense, take-the-bull-by-the-horns attitude. that really helps in character building. my children loved the place...More

Thank Jovial D
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

The day was full of positive energy and very peacefull it was... definitely will come again with family

Thank itzmelux
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The art of living internationalashram in bangalore, wow it is wonderful place to enjoy the nature. in the ashram we get peace. and also they conduct many coures for body fitness and for good health

Thank Chetan K
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Worth spending time there weather u r alone or with group , natural beauty with music to enjoy and relaxing evening We had tea and samosa there and couple of shoppings from there stores

Thank Puneet K
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Ashvin b
10 July 2017|
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Response from faluashit | Reviewed this property |
I totally agree with the answer giveni t's the best place filled with positivity.please check Guruji schedule plan when he is there
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Ashvin b
7 July 2017|
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Response from SurenPaul666 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are so many places to sit, relax and meditate
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rks567
21 February 2017|
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Response from Ravi K | Reviewed this property |
No. None at all. You can walk in and partake in the activities. There are certain programs for which you can enroll yourself ; you will get details in their website. These would cost money. Happy visiting!
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